Fellows & Special Appointments

Current Appointments

Babak Bahador, Director of the Media and Peacebuilding Project, Associate Research Professor

Jennifer Helm, Shapiro Fellow

Mindy Finn, Terker Fellow

Jonathan Karl, Terker Fellow

Thom Shanker, Director of the Project for Media and National Security

John Sutter, Ted Turner Visiting Professor of Environmental Media


Past Appointments

Dante Chinni, Director of the American Communities Project, Research Professor

David Ensor, Director of the Project for Media and National Security

Karen Finney, Terker Distinguished Fellow 

Kristen Grimm, Terker Distinguished Fellow 

Vivian Salama, Terker Distinguished Fellow

Steve Scully, Terker Distinguished Fellow 

Nina Seavey, Research Professor of History and Media and Public Affairs

Kavitha Cardoza, Shapiro Fellow


Terker Distinguished Fellows

SMPA's Terker Fellows program brings exceptional practitioners in media, political communication and public affairs to the school for a year-long program including class discussions, public events and career advising with students.

Past fellows include White House Correspondents’ Association president Olivier Knox, Rep. Brendan Boyle, White House correspondent April Ryan, political broadcast journalist Ed Henry, former Sen. Bob Bennett, former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley and the first official videographer of the White House, Arun Chaudhary. The program is funded by the generosity of the parents of an SMPA alumna.


Shapiro Fellows

Our Shapiro Fellows program allows unique professionals the opportunity to teach one SMPA class for a semester and participate in school activities. Past fellows include Sarah Isgur (2020); Derek Willis (2017); ; Anders Gylenhaal (2018); Jeffrey Blount (2018); Laura King (2016); Helen Thomas (2016); Hugh Panero (2016); Guy Raz (2014 & 2015);  Thomas Edsall (2015); Dr. Yung-Chan Kim(2015); Maryanne Culpepper (2014); Tara Sonenshine (2014); Pitts Leonard (2013); Remi Brulin (2013); Tara McKelvy (2010).